Data Video Trainings for Vermont Nonprofits

There is a growing movement to open local, state, federal, and shared data sources to provide communities with information about critical resources such as affordable housing, public safety, and environmental protection. Common Good Vermont works with state and national partners to bring Data resources to Vermont nonprofits. The following videos overview topics related to nonprofit data collection and use.


Common Good Vermont Executive Director, Lauren-Glenn Davitian interviewed Alexandra Barker, regional trainer for U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau.

Data on a Deadline – Accessing Quick U.S. Census Reports and Interactive MapsLearn how to use a variety of data access tools available online at that can quickly provide a snapshot of you community. During this training you will learn about U.S. Census Bureau programs and products through live exercises and instruction using tools such as QuickFacts, Census Explorer, Easy Stats, American FactFinder, and more.


Common Good Vermont‘s Open Data series discussed how open data can help collective impact initiatives through the presentation of working Vermont examples, national initiatives, and a look at what is ahead for this important trend in sharing community knowledge to unlock new solutions for the common good.

Open Data and the State of Vermont with Casey Cleary: Casey Cleary, Vermont’s Information Enterprise Architect, discusses the growing use of open data, the challenges and opportunities faced in Vermont state government, and current efforts to create an open data portal.

Vermont Center for Geographic Information with Leslie PelchLeslie Pelch, VCGI’s Outreach Director, discusses VCGI’s longstanding open data leadership in this realm and examples and resources that can help collective impact efforts in VT.

Opening Addresses & the National Open Data PictureBill Morris, long time open data advocate, discusses the Open Data Movement along with national examples that he is working on, including Open Addresses.

Michael Moser Discusses Data Concepts for NonprofitsMoser coordinates the Vermont State Data Center, a liaison program between the US Census Bureau and Vermont Data Users with support from the State of Vermont. The following brief training module has been produced in collaboration with the VT Data Collaborative. Moser covers several stages of the “data process”. Moser provides an overview of what data is, and I’ll define some basic data concepts. This module is intended as a general overview. There is no one correct way to think about data, as each individual or organization will have their own specific needs and processes. This presentation utilizes a nonprofit organizations perspective, but again, is applicable to a broad audience.

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